NCCIA Annual Conference

Our annual conference offers both educational and networking opportunities for professionals in the cheese and dairy industry.  Special events include cheese judging contests, cheese auctions, workshops, and a banquet dinner. Conferences are held in October and alternate between Minnesota and South Dakota. We develop our program around new scientific work, cutting-edge technologies, and advancements in policies and regulations that are pertinent to the industry.  A panel of experts discuss and debate these contemporary issues.  

Registration Link is on our Home Page

Please contact Susan Eschbach with any questions, Thank you!

2023 NCCIA Conference

October 10-12, 2023, Best Western/Ramkota – Sioux Falls, SD

All proceeds from the Conference and Auction are used for $29,000.00 in annual scholarships at the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, South Dakota State University, and University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

I cannot state in words how important the NCCIA scholarship is to me. I am the third member of my family to attend SDSU for Dairy Manufacturing. I was born and raised in South Dakota, I love the Midwest and plan to stay here throughout my career. I find the NCCIA"s commitment to the growth and long-term success of the cheese making profession in the Upper Midwest to be a very noble cause. The scholarship NCCIA has provided for me is making it possible for me to finish my Dairy Science degree. I cannot wait to get into the cheese industry upon my graduation, and I look forward to becoming an NCCIA member when that day comes. Again, I would like to express my greatest gratitude to NCCIA and their commitment to the Upper Midwest Cheese Industry.
John Oakley, South Dakota State University - Dairy Manufacturing Major/Food Safety and Management Minors

Since 1953, the NCCIA annually collaborates with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to raise money for dairy-related scholarships at South Dakota State University, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin – River Falls, and Iowa State University.  The contest is open to any individual or cheesemaker who is a member of the NCCIA. Learn more and register.

See our education page for workshop and seminar schedules.